Franco will play Tomas, a writer who accidentally causes the death of a child and spends the next 12 years examining the effect of the tragedy on his life and that of Kate, the child’s mother. Wenders said the film was “a story of guilt and forgiveness, and of accepting things you cannot change anymore.”
Gian-Piero Ringel will produce through his and Wenders’ Neue Road Movies. Production will begin in Montreal on Aug. 15. The screenplay is by Norwegian writer Bjorn-Olaf Johannessen.
HanWay Films reps the film in international markets, and will introduce it to buyers at Cannes.
Franco most recently starred in Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” and Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful.” He is now filming “True Story” opposite Jonah Hill for 20th Century Fox.
Wenders’ previous film, “Pina,” grossed over $30 million worldwide.
Franco is repped by Kami Putnam-Heist at CAA and Miles D. Levy at James Levy Management.
HanWay’s slate includes Jim Jarmusch’s Cannes competition entry “Only Lovers Left Alive,” starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska; James Toback’s “Seduced and Abandoned”; Mark Cousins’ “The Story of Children and Film”; and Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor 3D.”
Also on its Cannes lineup are “Dom Hemingway,” starring Jude Law; “A Long Way Down,” starring Pierce Brosnan; “Tracks,” starring Mia Wasikowska; “God Help the Girl,” starring Emily Browning; “Reykjavik,” starring Michael Douglas and Christoph Waltz; “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett and Wasikowska; epic adventure “Kon-Tiki”; “Almost Christmas,” starring Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd; and Errol Morris’ docu “The Unknown Known.”